Hornet Lookout Cabin - Polebridge

Hornet Lookout is 45 miles north of Columbia Falls. It was built in 1922 and was an integral part of the chain of lookouts providing forest fire detection in the North Fork. Hornet Lookout is a rustic lookout with an approximate 1 mile hike in the summer from the trailhead. Hornet has rustic accommodations with a Coleman cook stove, lantern, small wood stove for heat, and a pit toilet. Renters should pack their own bedding, water and can gather firewood in the area. Hornet's party size is 2 with cots and a small loft. The area burned during the 2003 Wedge Fire and is coming back with wildflowers and bear grass. Glacier National Park and the Wild and Scenic North Fork of the Flathead River is nearby. Sometimes the Northern Lights make an appearance.

Grizzly Bears live in the area, store your food, beverages, coolers, and garbage inside the lookout. Pets and livestock are not allowed at the lookout. Please Pack it in Pack it out including garbage. Reservations can be made one day in advance and there is a three night maximum stay limit. Clean the lookout when you leave. Rental fee is $20 per night. For more information contact the Hungry Horse/Glacier View Ranger District 406-387-3800. Refunds will not be given due to inclement weather, road conditions, too much or little snow, etc. Check in and out time is 2pm. The combination to the cabin will be on your letter of confirmation from NRRS.


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Phone: 406-387-3800
Fax: 406-387-3889

Summer Directions - take County Road 486 the North Fork Road for 45 miles north from Columbia Falls. To find the North Fork Road take Nucleus Avenue north through Columbia Falls, turn east on Railroad Street at the stop sign, this becomes the North Fork Road as it travels over the railroad overpass. Turn west on Whale Creek Road #318 approximatley 4 miles, turn north on Hornet Road #9805 5.2 miles to the trailhead of Hornet Trail #349, hike about a mile to the lookout. Use caution, Road #9805 is narrow with a few pullouts.

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